Welcome to the Australian Bush Poets Association


WELCOME. Membership of the Australian Bush Poets Association (ABPA) is comprised of writers, performers and individuals who are interested in bush poetry and enjoy written and live stories in rhyme and metre. If you have an interest in this piece of Australian culture called bush poetry, you have come to the right place.

The objectives of the Australian Bush Poets Association are to foster and encourage the growth of bush poetry in Australia. By definition, Australian bush poetry is metred and rhymed poetry about Australia, Australians and/or the Australian way of life.

To join the Australian Bush Poets Association and receive our bi-monthly magazine, go to our Membership page.

The ABPA keeps in touch with its members through this website (and forum) and our bi-monthly magazine of bush poetry news, events, results of written and performance competitions as well as samples of contemporary bush poetry. Many members have books, CDs and other products. These can be advertised in the magazine. For rates, click here. The deadline for ads and other content for the magazine is the 22nd of the month preceding publication. Magazines are published at the beginning of February, April, June, August, October and December.

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Man From Snowy River Bush Festival

Corryong, Victoria once again hosted the iconic festival and three competitions were run and won.
See full results here and the Corryong Courier newspaper report here.

Man from Snowy River Festival

The poets gathered at the Man From Snowy River statue.

Poets' Brawl

Competitors in the Carol Reffold Memorial 1-minute Cup with winner David Stanley holding the trophy and wearing the embroidered oilskin coat.

Jack Riley Award

Jack Riley Award held by Graeme Johnson for winner Rhonda Tallnash.

MFSR Recital

The Man From Snowy River perpetual trophy held by Graeme Johnson with winner Seamus Foley holding his personal trophy hand made by Linton Vogel.

New Australian Champion: Michael Darby

National Champions

ABPA President Tim Sheed, new Australian Champion Michael Darby, third-placed Debby Berryman, runner-up Jenny Markwell and ABPA Secretary Meg Gordon.

The National Bush Poetry Championships were held in Orange, NSW during the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival and Michael Darby is the new champion. Michael is from Western Australia and gave outstanding performances during the competition. See full results here.

See previously featured poets.

See previously featured achievers.